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February is More than Valentine’s Day.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the American Dental Association is using this month to teach kids about the importance of oral health. But one month isn’t enough to stress the importance of kid’s dental health. The real impact on kids’ health starts with you!

Not so many people realize the impression that parents’ own habit have on their children. It’s very important that you set good examples, a good precedent, and a great example for your kids. The good news? It’s pretty easy. Follow the rule of three this month. Floss once, brush twice, and eat three healthy meals each and every day. Join the ADA is starting great new patterns in your kids’ lives.

It turns out that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that tooth decay is “one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States” (CDC, 2014). Tooth decay is an entirely preventable condition, which is why it is so important for parents to promote proper oral health habits at an early age. 

You can nourish their budding smiles in lots of ways. Start with teaching them brushing techniques. It is also recommended that you begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they have two teeth that touch. By about the age of 10, your child may be able to floss on their own. And perhaps most importantly, make sure that everyone eats good, balanced food. You stay healthy and they’ll stay healthy. It really is that easy. Nourish your kids to a healthy smile and a healthy future!